I came across the above video of This American Life‘s Ira Glass talking about what makes a good story. As I listened to him explain the common scenario where a budding report has “killer taste” but might be making work that is “kind of crappy”, it became clear that his advice to continue making a lot of work applies to all creative individuals. The fall dance season is approaching, and with that comes an incredible amount of programming that features both emerging and established choreographers and dancers. As I read press releases with artists’ bios and the descriptions of their work, it’s refreshing to take a step back and consider the years and endless amounts of time that they devote to their craft. Even the ones who we – the public and the press – consider to have “made it” and be at the top of their game are still creating work to find “that special thing” (Ira’s words) that they want it to have. Hopefully they can look back at their old work and laugh at themselves the way Ira does at the end of this video.